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AndyT replied to the topic 'Note Articulation When Playing Fast' in the forum. 7 hours 47 minutes ago

Hey Marcy

To follow up on Reed's suggestion, which I'm about to try out, I've been doing some tongue exercises for trumpet, which have helped me significantly with harmonica playing. It sort of builds on the triple tongue technique Reed talks about, but for a different instrument.

Doesn't directly apply, but it's strengthened my tongue a lot, even though I still can't triple tongue on the trumpet.

Here's a YouTube vid with some techniques to practise.

youtu.be/BqrBK_GUHxw

Andy

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Note Articulation When Playing Fast' in the forum. 10 hours 47 minutes ago

Hey, Reed, I just now tried it out. That’s a great description. Thanks!

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Another Amp Question' in the forum. 12 hours 59 minutes ago

devermb,
I am looking at a *Quilter Aviator 8. It is 100 watts into a special designed 8" speaker.
It is solid state, but if you checkout what "Harpsucker" is doing with one in regards to
tone on youtube, well, it changed my views on solid state. I have been a tube guy since forever,
but at less than thirty pounds, but with a ton of TONE, I now must have a Quilter.
I see an Aviator 8 on E(vil)bay for less than $400.00. It has all the bells and whistles
you've stated, Quilter amps is the s^*t, check em out.
Anybody looking for a 71 Super Reverb 4X10, with a new tube job? A Garnet gnome
with a Weber 10pq w/Hdustcap, and 12" extension cabinet? They have to go to make
room for a Quilter. :lol:
Reed

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Note Articulation When Playing Fast' in the forum. 13 hours 15 minutes ago

Marcy,
I use my tongue for fast articulation. I use the area of the tongue known as the "H spot"
this is just behind the tip on top of the tongue. Mouth the letter H, now you know where
the "H spot" is. I breath the harmonica, using minimal force, I try consciously to not tense
up my embouchure in any way but to stay relaxed, with as light a touch on the harp as is
possible, yet still maintain a complete air seal with my lips. A good little practice tip to work
on for increasing speed is to do triplet runs from the scale you are playing (Major Pentatonic?)
Start on the first note of the scale and play the next two along with it as a triplet, dah, dah, dah,
then the second note of the scale along with the next two notes, you get the idea. I play them up
and down, slowly at first gaining speed incrementally as my muscle memory kicks in.
Hope this helps in some small way.
Regards, Reed

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Marcy created a new topic ' Note Articulation When Playing Fast' in the forum. 16 hours 1 minute ago

Hey, here’s a question… I’ve been playing fiddle tunes on the harmonica with the metronome for weeks now and have built up to a reasonable speed on several of my favorites. When you play fast, do you find that it sounds best to articulate notes with your tongue Or do you articulate rapid strings of notes mainly by using your diaphragm? Thanks in advance for any tips.

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Greetings from Nottingham, UK' in the forum. 19 hours 59 minutes ago

Welcome Alan

I lived in Beeston for three years back in the 90s. At least you'll have plenty of time indoors to practise.

First bit of advice is to have patience, give yourself time to master the basics.

Andy

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Alanf3apm created a new topic ' Greetings from Nottingham, UK' in the forum. yesterday

Just a quick hello from sunny Nottingham, here in the UK. That's sarcasm, btw. Keen to learn the blues on the harp. Got a big river C on order so looking forward to seeing if I can learn both the guitar and the harp in parallel... Looking for good tabs and advice on technique... Cheers!

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RedHL replied to the topic 'Hello all!' in the forum. 2 days ago

Awesome! thanks for the info!

Red

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Spent all morning so far tabbing out 'He's ain't heavy, he's my brother' by the Hollies. Now to make it a) interesting and b) bluesy. Bloomin'... Show more

AndyT replied to the topic 'Hello all!' in the forum. 2 days ago

Hi Red

I enjoyed some of Mitch's videos and found them very interesting.

I used to use www.harptabs.com/, which is ok, but can be a little frustrating. But it's good for a start, glad you are noticing improvements.

If you go to the links part of this site there are quite a few. I tend to tab my own. It's hard work but pays off learning wise, but requires harps in all keys. At the moment follow tabs, listen to the originals and just enjoy as you do.

I've only had one book, Rock'n'Blues Harmonica from Jon Gindick. It's good, but pitched in a way that i didn't get along with. I got a 'Blues Harmonica for dummies' book from the library, and it was really quite good. Though by then, I was comfortable with much of the basic stuff. I've heard the normal 'harmonica for dummies' is also good. So I'd advise you to check them out.

Andy

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RedHL replied to the topic 'Hello all!' in the forum. 2 days ago

Hi Andy,
Thanks for the info! Much appreciated. I've been having a blast so far, so I'm excited to keep learning. I've been following the Mitch Grainger lessons on youtube and they seem to be working pretty good. I'm working on the scale (holes 4-7) and my "you are my sunshine" is slowly improving! Woohoo!
Also, Do you know of any good sites for tabs? And/or books?

Red

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harpsquealer replied to the topic 'Membership Drive' in the forum. 2 days ago

Maybe it's not just the dabblers. I for one have seasons of harmonica. I'll be playing it pretty much everyday, but then school gets busy and it falls by the wayside. I've been playing for awhile, so I'm not a dabbler, but I'm certainly not high up the harmonica ladder yet. So I'd say, consolidating the dabblers but encouraging the others like me.

keep on harpsquealin'!

harpsquealer

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jack5 replied to the topic 'My heart beat affects tone on slow notes?' in the forum. 3 days ago

Thanks for your thoughtful replies!
It's funny because my blood pressure is quite low and I always come out with flying colors from medical checkups (had one recently). I'll look into it further to see if it is a normal condition. Vibrato does mask the issue very well and I use a lot being a former violin/fiddle player. It would be nice if I didn't have the problem but it wont deter me from continuing to play.

Jack5

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Hello all!' in the forum. 3 days ago

Hi Red

Welcome to the Harmonica. Right, a few days in, here is what you MUST do. Enjoy it. The rest follows.

If yo want some things to aim for I'll give you a brief list:
1. Get used to making noise through the harmonica - breathing in and out through it. DO NOT force any air, just breathe normally.
2. Start to focus on getting a clear single note either by pushing the harp as far into your mouth as possible and blocking off unused holes with your tongue (tongue blocking) or pushing the harp as far into your mouth as possible and puckering your lips to close off the surrounding holes (Lip blocking). This may take you a while. Goto the Lessons part of this site for some hints, but there are also plenty of lessons on Youtube.
3. Listen to music.
4. Find some basic tunes you like and learn them.
5. Be patient.
6. Take loads of breaks.
7. Practise.
Good luck and welcome

Andy

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RedHL created a new topic ' Hello all!' in the forum. 3 days ago

Hi, just started learning the harmonica in the last couple days and found this site while looking for learning resources. thought this should be a good place to get info.

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